how to clean a keurig


Every morning before any one is allowed to talk to you, you pop a K-Cup into your beloved Keurig coffee machine and wait a minute for it to brew. What you might not have realized is that a Keurig that is used daily can have old water and coffee built up inside of it, which could distribute gross bacteria and debris into your coffee every day while causing a negative impact on the brewer’s ability to heat up and function properly. Keurig suggests that you should perform a cleaning on your machine at least every three to six months. This removes any excess grime sticking to the inside of the Keurig. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to clean a Keurig so your machine can brew without issues and you can drink your coffee with confidence knowing that it’s clean and free of germs.

What You’ll Need:

  • White Vinegar
  • Dish Soap
  • Water
  • All Purpose Cleaner
  • Cleaning Toothbrush
  • A Clean Washcloth or Paper Towel

Step 1: General Cleaning

1. Unplug your Keurig.

2. Disassemble your machine. Remove the lid, the water reservoir, and the K-Cup holder by grabbing the top of the holder with one hand and pushing up on the bottom of the K-Cup assembly from below with your other hand. Make sure to watch out for the two sharp needles inside of the holder that could injure you. Then, remove the funnel, drip plate, and drip tray.

cleaning a keurig

3. You can either wash these items in the dishwasher or with warm and soapy water. Just remember to rinse off any soap residues so your coffee won’t taste like detergent.

4. Dry all of the pieces with a dry cloth or paper towel.

5. Open the section around the K-Cup holder and use your cleaning toothbrush to brush out any loose coffee grinds.

using a toothbrush to clean a keurig

6. Using your cloth or paper towel with all-purpose cleaner, wipe down the exterior of your machine to pick up any old dust, fingerprints, and other marks. Never immerse the entire brewer in water.

7. If there are any crusty bits of white around where the water reservoir sits, soak a cloth in white vinegar and wipe the edges clean.

8. Now, snap the clean funnel back onto the K-Cup and place the K-Cup back into the machine.

9. Place the clean water reservoir, drip tray, and drip plate back in their original locations.

Step 2: Cleaning the Interior

1. Fill up the water reservoir half way with white vinegar and fill the rest with water.
cleaning a keurig with vinegar

2. Begin a brew cycle without inserting a K-Cup and place a mug underneath the spout to catch the hot vinegar.

3. Repeatedly brew the white vinegar until your reservoir is completely empty.

4. To discard of the hot vinegar, dump the liquid down the sink drain.

5. Then, fill your water reservoir with cold water and run through brew cycles until all of the water has been flushed through the machine. Remember to keep your mug underneath the spout to catch the hot water.
6. Do this as many times as it takes to remove vinegar residue. This will rinse out any leftover vinegar so your coffee will taste normal and fresh.

Tips to Keep Your Keurig Functioning in Between Cleanings:

1. If your Keurig stops working suddenly, try cleaning the entry and exit needles of your K-Cup to unclog any coffee grinds and old water.

how to fix a clogged keurig

2.Use bottled or spring water when brewing instead of softened or distilled water to reduce buildup.

3.To dislodge any debris, force air through the water line by using a straw. 

Now you can brew nice, hot drinks through your Keurig without worrying about unpleasant debris and bacteria. Keep calm and brew on!